How do social media influence the consumers’ hotel decision journey?

Hotel-related decision-making has fundamentally changed. In the ‘age of social media’ we are no longer informed by brochures and travel agencies, because Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor transformed the consumers' hotel decision journey by influencing the way consumers search, decide and book hotels. But how exactly do social media influence the way consumers search, evaluate and select …

A Typology of Technology-Enhanced Tourism Experiences

Experiences represent the essence of the tourism industry. In recent years, consumers have been increasingly in search of experiences. Tourism experiences are undergoing constant change due to the growing importance  of  consumer  involvement, co-creation  and technology.   Revolution through technology! What has  changed is  that technology  has not only  become  a part  of  tourism. Technology …

Technology Enhanced Destination Experiences

Experiences are transforming. A widespread concept in the tourism industry is the creation of experiences for consumers. The competition is bigger than ever. Destinations – as the core of the travel and tourism industry - have to find innovative ways to differentiate their products and create experiences and so provide value for the tourists. This …

Innovation through Co-Creation: How can we co-create in tourism?

The behavior of consumers and tourists has changed.  From the idea of  only buying  products, it shifted towards playing an active  role  in  the  consumption  process. Consumers got  more and more  active  and  involved  in  the consumption  of  their  own products  and  services.   How it was: In the 90s, people have merely bought manufactured …

Experience, Co-Creation and Technology: Issues, Challenges and Trends for Technology Enhanced Tourism Experiences

  Consumers are increasingly striving for experiences. They search for unique and memorable experiences, as products have become replicated and interchangeable in the 21st century experience economy. The concept of the experience economy has changed. For a long time, the experience economy was a vehicle to design and supply experiences to consumers and so to gain …

Co-Creation through Technology: Dimensions of Social Connectedness

'Co-creation' has become an important term in tourism research and tourism practice. The tourist is the one who determines the creation of experiences and value. Nowadays, the tourist can co-create richer, more personal and more meaningful experiences online made possible through information and communication technologies (ICTs). How can we support co-creation initiatives through digital technology? …